Mississippi Half Step, Big River, Peggy-O, Cassidy, Crazy Fingers-> Let It Grow-> Drums-> Let It Grow-> Might As Well The Music Never Stopped, It Must Have Been The Roses, Samson & Delilah, High Time, Saint Stephen-> Not Fade Away-> Saint Stephen-> Sugar Magnolia-> Stella Blue-> Sunshine Daydream, E: Dancin' In The Streets
Jay Ashley (Bertha) Remaster of Multi-Gen Reel source;
November 30, 2011 Subject:
Crazy Fingers...comes in a close second to 6.9.76
Tripstar, I'm absolutely green with envy.
This is a fine recording of a very fine performance--that would likely be standout if not buried in a great run of an amazing year!
For you Crazy Fingers aficionados (perhaps my all time favorite tune) please make sure you try 6.9.76 from the Boston Music Hall. Show is not overall as good as this, or even close--in fact the first set is a bit of a stinker--but the CF is perfect, and buried in the middle of an amazing suite of tunes in the second set. V good SBD of the show available as well.
April 26, 2011 Subject:
I was there
I attended all seven shows of this run. As the week went by the shows got better. Friday night they left Donna home and it was great. Sundya was the peak.
This was when they just came out of retirement and they needed no practice.
I agree with the other reviewer that says this is the "best" Crazy Fingers. More accurately, for myself, it is my absolute favorite from 1976. From the overall playing by everyone, to Jerry's precious little fills and vocal nuances, to the long, beautiful, and almost spooky spanishy jam at the end, this one is tops in my book.
Put in perspective of all of the Orpheum 76 dates, this one might rate slightly better than average overall. My personal assesment is that if 7/17 and 7/18 are "10's," this one is a nice 7. What the heck, I can give it an 8 for the Crazy Fingers>JAM>Etc that closes the first set.
The speed almost sounds slightly off on this, perhaps pitched a bit slow? Maybe it's just me. I don't generally do "Bertha's" but this doesn't sound all that bad. It's not the most pristine board tape, it's definitely a bit degraded, but it is VERY listenable. Also, any 76 show with a High Time is a must-listen for me.
June 12, 2010 Subject:
Playing this source through a Yamaha Receiver w/ direct source through Paradigm Monitor 9 speakers. Mr. Hunt's review below is basically excellent. Highlights from set 1 are "Cassidy" w/ actually nice harmony vocals from Donna, as has been pointed out. I get into the habit of not listening for this because she is mostly way off. "Crazy Fingers" is wonderful and stretches into a nice little epilogue. Sound is Ok. Jerry's TB guitar is a little thin on top and sounds like it wants to crack my tweeters, but I kind of like this. Bass is nice and deep and rich throuhgout basically. 76' features a nice clear and sweet voice from Jerry and this is a plus from the Hiatus perhaps? The "High Time" and "Stella" are indeed highlights from set 2, they are almost coma inducing in their subtleness, w/ Jerry's guitar piercing and stabbing in the solos. I happen to like this aspect quite a bit. Can't think of many rock bands that can produce this effect as a unit. 4 stars because of the flubs and cuts, keeps this from being a completely satisfying date.
May 6, 2009 Subject:
One of the all time great shows
Best Crazy Fingers.
This show should have been release as an album the following year. It may be a top 5 show from the entire decade.
For me the sound is superior compared to the copy I had. Overall I like the way this sounds.
Reviewer:Evan S. Hunt
July 14, 2007 Subject:
Work Your Way Thru It ~ Worth the Weight
Nearly all the Bertha Remasters that I have played on this site have featured terrific sound reproduction especially the bass. This show is no different as far as bass. However, when you hear the first part of Mississippi Half Step the sound is all muddy and screwed-up, but don't let that discourage you, for, by Big River, the sound is back to sounding more like a Bertha. There is a lot of tape hiss, though.
I am guessing that the problems on Half Step, as well as, the other various previously reported messy moments are due to the quality of the source from which this remaster was derived.
Nonetheless, this performance is very good with great versions of Fennario (Peggy-O), Crazy Fingers, Let it Grow and an interesting drums/space stuck in. Might As Well rocks just fine. All in all, this is a wonderful first set. The singing is good and Jerry is in slippery slinky splendidness on his Travis Bean. The old 1920's art deco movie house is bathed in a new coat of dream.
The start of set two is marred with fits and starts and drop outs during Music. It goes out of phase a few times. Try to sit through it. It ends without much fanfare. Before Roses there is an eruption from the crowd to which Jerry quips, "This is my sixth this year." ~ what was it? I don't know. I guess you had to be there. Roses is flawless and Samson is adequate, but then Jerry steps to the plate and hits a home run with High Time. The crowd reacts with fervor. This is a very graceful and stately version of a not oft played tune and Jerry is very convincing in his rendition of singing it and Bobby and Donna are right in the pocket on the backups. CHILLING. But then they end the song so weird and it trails off into nowheresville. After a long pause they go into the St Stephen NFA couplet that they were want to do since 1970. Nothing very special here except that at times there is a breakthrough and then the brilliance fades, and then it comes roaring back and then it just sputters its way into Sugar Magnolia ~ everybody's favorite song. Well... I guess, but for me it is a come down. It signals the end. That's what Sugar Magnolia usually spells and then just as I had given up on it I got the full onslaught of Jerry and Bobby momentarily melting into one. Dazzling! Surprisingly then, Stella Blue. Rapturous Stella Blue! Jerry squeezes every last lick out of that Bean. This is a great Stella Blue ~ fully satisfying (as they say in the vernacular). Yow, then into SSDD. Excellent transition. Meltdown, etc.
Double down on melt mode. Excellent.
The reason for 4 stars...as bad as the flaws are in this recording the performance shines through and well acquits itself. Perhaps a pristine SBD would reveal the true nature of this show.
July 11, 2006 Subject:
Classic '76, thick and magic. one of my favorite mississippi half steps. Once across the rio-grandeo they bounce on down the big river and float through wonderland...stella goes on a staircase of keiths chords through a starry darkness... ignore me. dig it.
October 4, 2005 Subject:
Crazy fingers throughout
Crazy Fingers is great song that the Dead only played for a short time. Here they give it a long jam, getting into some space. Ditto with Let it Grow. And that's just in the first set.
In the second set, I just love the '76-style High Time, and I have to say, Donna's harmonies are a big part of the appeal. Everything after that is fabulous.
March 30, 2005 Subject:
Sound not the best
Let it grow is great and in general this is a solid show from this great run.